[quote=“LouMan, post:8, topic:2621, full:true”]
The Constitution does not say that the President can be removed whenever one-half of the House and two-thirds of the Senate want to do so. It specifies legal bases for pursuing it.
Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.[/quote]
I am a Republican. I voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and expect to do so again in 2020.
Even so, it is my understanding that the term “high crimes and misdemeanors” may be understood either broadly or narrowly.
Brenda Wineapple, in an editorial in The New York Times–and, admittedly, she does not appear to be any fan of Donald Trump–says the following:
"Should impeachment be understood narrowly, in terms of specific infractions of specific laws, or more broadly, as violations of the public trust?..
“During that spring of 1868, the broader interpretation of impeachment — abuse of public trust — was lost in the weeds of legal bickering. And at his trial in the Senate, one vote saved Andrew Johnson. It was cast by Senator Edmund Ross, Republican of Kansas, who may have been bribed. Ross was heartily praised by John F. Kennedy in his ‘Profiles in Courage,’ which promoted a longstanding view: Johnson’s impeachment was the brainchild of partisan fanatics rather than thoughtful, even visionary people who, having abolished slavery, were determined to alter the direction of the country.”
Even if she is a liberal (who evidently does not view the anti-Trump Democrats as partisan fanatics), it is a truly interesting thought, I believe.